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Great Dallas office but HQ is a bully.
Legal Assistant (Former Employee) –  Dallas, TXJune 24, 2018
The people in the Dallas office were wonderful, HR was poor and conversations did not always remain confidential but that has changed since I worked here. Now they have a great HR person, there are alot of employee appreciation events and the much smaller firm enjoys good comraderie.
Pros
Dallas office is good
Cons
HQ is demanding and shows favoritism.
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Great Company to Work For
Document Specialist (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJune 1, 2018
Fast paced work environment. Firm has excellent training to enhance job performance. Excellent benefits and fair salary. The most enjoyable part of the job was great team spirit.
Pros
Benefits, salary, team atmosphere.
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Poor Management and Administration
Anonymous (Former Employee) –  Charlotte, NCApril 26, 2018
This was once a great local firm that was forced into being absorbed by a large international conglomerate due to mismanagement by a few of the senior managing partners, attributing to the loss of many practice groups and layoffs of loyal employees.
Quite a bit of turnover ensued due to a new regime of an inept administration that continues to this day. The loss of loyal and hard working employees that were either replaced by cheaper administrative assistants or outsourced to a third party company has led to a severe blow to morale for those that have remained.
Attempts to boost morale such as the freedom to wear business casual attire (including jeans) every working day, free snacks & drinks, and a seemingly endless parade of free meals leftover from conference meetings have done little to encourage a healthy working environment or disguise the lack of proper raises and/or bonuses.
Working conditions vary, depending on your assignment. Secretaries are not fairly distributed with attorneys to work for, office services staff are contracted through a third party company and are often overworked, clueless, and/or inefficiently staffed. Problematic issues with computers, printers, etc. run rampant. There's a severe lack of local word processing options unless you're lucky enough to use a capable secretary that isn't completely overwhelmed. Lower floors are in dire need of upgrades for desks, offices, paint, and carpeting. Reception area is nearly state of the art but is seemingly used more for entertainment purposes rather than actual client related business.
Pros
Fair pay, decent benefits, casual dress code
Cons
Clueless administration
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3.0
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Legal Secretary (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAMarch 24, 2018
I took care of three attorneys and all dictation, phone messages, filing and travel expenses. I was exposed to many different types of Litigation. This allowed me to always learn new processes.
Pros
Great people to work with
Cons
Needed more regarding learning new processes
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Productive place to work
law (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAFebruary 21, 2018
Good workplace culture.
Good work and life balance.
The environment is supportive.
interesting and challenging work.
people are fun and interesting.
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Firm was too far
Indexing/Records Clerk (Former Employee) –  Century City, CAFebruary 12, 2018
I honestly did not mind working here at this firm. The traffic was horrible to get there and to get back home. The health insurance was expensive and they have no dental or vision insurance. I also had to pay for my parking. I was also under paid.
Pros
Working at this firm was ok.
Cons
The healthcare was too expensive.
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Excellent Firm
Legal Secretary (Former Employee) –  Spokane, WAFebruary 12, 2018
K&L Gates in Spokane was an amazing law firm to work for. Unfortunately, due to economic losses, the firm had to close in Spokane. During my time there...amazing director, bosses, staff.
Pros
everything
Cons
nothing
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Typical large law firm
Summer Associate (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAOctober 12, 2017
There are no surprises at K&L. It is a typical large law firm and you can expect to work hard. Compensation was less than at other large law firms when it came to bonus structure, which was disappointing considering how much time you devote to work.
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Decent environment but too much turnover.
Accounting/Billing Manager (Former Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 10, 2017
Very large firm with over 30 locations. There was a lot of changes in the two years I was there. They are very cognizant of expenses and cut costs wherever they can even at the expense of productivity.
Pros
Excellent staff and Attorneys.
Cons
Too much turnover.
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4.0
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Work here for a while and then move on
Firmwide Director Of Administration (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILOctober 9, 2017
You can learn a lot here and you will work really hard here. People are wonderful. Your time will be well spent to take advantage of all the learning opportunities.
Pros
Great colleagues
Cons
Very large and hard to keep profitable
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Global Law Firm
Associate Director of Business Transformation (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAMay 2, 2017
K&L Gates is a global law firm with outstanding lawyers who are dedicated to providing their clients with unsurpassed levels of service, expertise and legal acumen.
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Stressful work place
Employee (Former Employee) –  Miami, FLMay 1, 2017
Working at K&l Gates was not a pleasant experience. The office was poorly managed which caused a very stressful and hostile work environment. They did not compensate well and there didn't seem to be any room for advancement
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Challenging and interesting work but difficult people
Business Development (Current Employee) –  PAApril 16, 2017
For the most part I enjoyed the work as it was challenging and somewhat different everyday which kept it interesting. However, working with lawyers that have big egos can be frustrating even more so when they are condescending.

Communication from management is poor and they seem to change priorities on a yearly basis which can make your work feel worthless and under-appreciated.

Work/life balance is non-existent. Job culture is stark and awkward depending on which office you're located in. Pay was decent although I've heard it's on the low-end for law firms. Benefits were pitiful.
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4.0
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Pleasant work enviroment.
Senior Accounts Payable Analyst (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAApril 3, 2017
Comfortable work environment. Interaction with senior personnel positive.

Management provides information in a timely and appropriate manner.

Supportive team environment.
Pros
Nice people
Cons
Stress of multiple deadlines.
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3.0
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High-volume preparation and processing of bills; sedentary
Billing/Finance (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAMarch 14, 2017
Constant work flow; all billers responsible for several different duties; some overtime required; management supportive and very involved in all aspects; kind co-workers but general overall negative attitude of employees
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Professional team
Business Solutions Analyst (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAFebruary 17, 2017
Good group of people to work with. Very professional, but still can laugh. Everyone is helpful with getting new people up to speed.
Pros
Friendly, professional team
Cons
Budget issues - laid off too many necessary IT people
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5.0
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Great opportunities to learn and grown.
Legal & Business Research Analyst (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAJanuary 9, 2017
There are a lot of very nice people working here and the work is interesting. Management keeps a firm grip on costs, so there's not a lot of fringe benefits, but that doesn't bother me.
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Productive and fun workplace
Litigation Support Analyst (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PANovember 18, 2016
Great place to make a career and learn from coworkers and staff. Opportunities for advancement are available if you work hard
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Document services
Document Services (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAOctober 31, 2016
This 24 hour department is run like a circus. Management turnover is high. NO stability. NO respect. Initial pay is good but don't expect a raise. There is no training. Absolutely no room for advancement.The admin equivalent to working as a ditch digger.
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4.0
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Good People But Boring Work
Law Clerk (Former Employee) –  Spokane, WAAugust 15, 2016
I enjoyed the professional staff of attorneys I worked with at K&L. However, most people did not seem to love their work. This may be more of a critique of attorneys in general, rather than the actual firm.
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